Brandan Wright Commits To A Deadline

One of the most sought after prospects in the class of 2006, and arguably the top recruit on the Duke recruiting board has taken a big step in the direction of settling on a school. Brandan Wright, the five star power forward from Brentwood Academy has all five official visits set up, and has decided he'll commit before the early signing period.

Originally the 6-foot-10 200lbs left hander had indicated that he could possibly wait until the spring signing period before picking his college program. However, after sitting down with coaches and family, Brandan Wright says there is a change of plans.

"I've gotten my visits set up and I'm going to start this process as if I'm back at the beginning. My plan is to go through and visit Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, and Vanderbilt and then compare them. Once I take all the visits I'm going to look to commit and sign in the November signing period."

So what was it that changed his mind about a deadline for a commitment?

"The recruiting process has been fun, but I'm ready to put it behind me," said Wright. "After I commit, I can concentrate on my senior season and the rest of my senior year without having to worry about it. That'll be a big relief."

Wright's tour will begin with the Kentucky Wildcats hosting him over Labor Day Weekend in Lexington. After taking the following weekend off, Wright will trip to Durham on September 16th to meet with head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils, followed by a Vanderbilt on the 23rd, and Louisville on the 30th. Defending National Champion North Carolina will get the final visit, on the weekend of October 14th.

As usual, Wright maintains his poker face when pressed for a leader; noting that all five schools are "even". Still, he did shoot down one rumor that has been circulated over the past week.

"I had heard that I was down to just Kentucky and North Carolina. That's not true at all. This happened before, and I ended up having to call Duke and the other schools to make sure they knew it wasn't true. It's part of the recruiting process I guess, but after last time I've made sure I talk to the coaches and let them know what the deal is."

Speaking of the Blue Devils, what does Duke have going for them in his mind?

"Coach K is probably the best coach in the game, and they put so many players in the NBA. They are on TV every time they play, and I know I could be successful and reach my dream of playing in the NBA if I went there."

Wright, rated as a five star prospect, is ranked as the number five overall prospect in the class of 2006 by

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